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Carex divulsa Stokes
Family Cyperaceae
Carex divulsa Stokes APNI*

Synonyms: Carex divulsa Stokes subsp. divulsa APNI*

Description: Rhizome short; shoots densely tufted. Culms trigonous, smooth, 25–75 cm long, 1–1.5 mm diam.

Leaves usually shorter than culms; blade 2–3 mm wide.

Inflorescence erect, 5–10 cm long, with 5–8 spikes; lowest involucral bract usually much shorter than inflorescence. Spikes sessile, upper ones close together, but others widely spaced, spreading at maturity, c.3–5 mm long, androgynous. Glumes acute to attenuate, pallid to pale brown with hyaline margins; female glumes 3–3.7 mm long. Perigynia (utricles) ovoid, weakly nerved (usually only near base), 3.5–4 mm long, c. 2 mm diam., smooth, slightly minutely hispid on beak margins, greenish to pale brown, becoming dull blackish with age; beak c. 1 mm long, with apex split. Style 2-fid.

Nut obovoid.

Distribution and occurrence: Naturalised near New Berrima (Southern Highlands) in disturbed grassland and apparently naturalised in Lane Cove National Park (only one plant found); also naturalised in Vic, SA and Tas. Native to Europe.

Disturbed areas.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *CT
Other Australian states: *Vic. *Tas. *S.A.
AVH map***

Material naturalised in Australia all seems to be referable to C. divulsa subsp. divulsa. This is to be confirmed.

Text by Karen Wilson (2006); edited KL Wilson (Aug 2016; April 2018)
Taxon concept: Karen Wilson 2006

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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